Odds and Ends: June 10

Yoo trying to flee the country

So, Yoo Byung-un may be getting help from an organized crime gang to get out of the country:

Investigators have secured circumstantial evidence that Korea’s most-wanted fugitive has contacted an organized crime ring to obtain a bogus passport in order to leave Korea.

They believe that Yoo is still in Korea, and are stepping up searches in Haenam, Mokpo and other port cities in South Jeolla Province to prevent the former Semo Group chairman from escaping overseas.
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The prosecution said it had received a tip about one of Yoo’s aides seeking to lease a boat in Haenam early this month. There are many properties owned by Yoo’s confidents and the Salvation Sect, a religious cult led by him, along the coast of South Jeolla Province.

President Park reportedly said it was nonsense that the police have been unable to catch the guy yet.

Korean pavilion wins award at architecture biennale

So, the Korean Pavilion took top honors at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venizia:

Themed “Crow’s Eye View: The Korean Peninsula,” the Korean pavilion featured architecture from the two Koreas.

Cho Min-suk, the commissioner and curator of the pavilion, said that he wanted to bring attention to the architectural transformation in Seoul and Pyongyang. Inspired by modern Korean poet Yi Sang (1910-1937), the exhibition was named after his poem “Crow’s Eye View.”

“Someday, I hope we can do a show on the architecture of the two countries without any drama attached to it,” Cho said during the award ceremony on Saturday. “We looked back at the last 100 years of architecture on the Korean Peninsula as a way of envisioning the future of the two countries.”

Cho’s a wonderful architect, but I’ve got to say, if the last century of Korean architecture is an indication of the future of the country, we are truly screwed.

Kick-ass Miss USA

Newly crowned Miss USA Nia Sanchez is a fourth-degree blackbelt in Taekwondo.

More evidence that irony is dead

So it looks like Rep. Suh Chung-won will make a bid to take over the SNP:

“I am not someone who takes care of Cheong Wa Dae’s orders. (I) will become a responsible chairman of a responsible party,” Suh was quoted as saying by a local daily on Monday.

Suh, the man who will be a responsible chairman of a responsible party, has served two separate prison terms for violating campaign finance laws.

  • cmxc

    Jeez, the Korea Times plays the victim card once again. Part of what makes me disgusted with Korea is when you have this continual idea that poor little Korea is victimized and bullied by other nations that just dont understand its unique culture including its culture of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

    It’s almost as ridiculous as the Korea Times piece claiming discrimination because a German airline didn’t let a bunch of drunk Korean reporters board their plane late.

    ‘EU unfair in Korea’s illegal fishing probe’

    http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/06/116_158794.html

  • RElgin

    Suh Chung-won is bad news. He is some of the old snake-head faction that has helped undermine the government’s credibility for so long. Isn’t there someone younger and better in that poor party?

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    While the industry insiders they interviewed are playing the victim card, the article ends with Greenpeace’s criticisms of Korea’s inadequate government response to EU claims. Sure, the article is generally biased, but I wouldn’t summarize it as playing the victim.

    Why do you expend so much energy on a country that disgusts you? Life is short. Find something that makes you happy and pursue it.

  • redwhitedude

    Check under your beds. Yoo may be hiding there.

  • smithington

    Something about the way that story is worded about her “Aggressive” relationship really makes me feel like it wasn’t anything of the sort.

  • wangkon936

    Speaking of ladies using Tae Kwon Do to protect themselves:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fTP6_CS-2Q#t=23

  • wangkon936

    His side show is getting old very quickly.

  • redwhitedude

    He must be going senile.

  • dlbarch

    In addition to the whole self-pitying tone of the piece (“China is much, much worse,” etc.), that Korea Times piece shows just how terrible Korean journalism is, at least as practiced by Park Jin-hai.

    After all, 20 paragraphs, and not a single description of which Korean fishing practices are at issue, and what specifically the Korean government has done to correct the problem.

    Pretty rookie reporting.

    DLB

  • dlbarch

    Funny thing about Rep. Suh…when he decided to make his political comeback last year, he jumped into the race for Hawseong-A district, which not only is an easy-as-pie district for anyone from the Saenuri Party to win, but he stood in for the previous SNP Rep. Ko Hee-sun, who had died just a couple of months earlier.

    Unsurprisingly, Suh won that seat in a landslide, but he’s hardly the kind of bridge candidate one would expect to bring a fractious party together.

    As for the notion that he’d be independent of Chong Wa Dae…puhlease!

    DLB

  • redwhitedude

    Would the EU have gotten anywhere with China if they brought up this issue? Not sure, China goes by its own definition of things like “human rights”. They also play the victim card against Japan while they bully others. Still Korea has some work cut out.

  • Seoulgoodman

    That could be anything. It’s just a kick.

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    The EU should at least try (maybe they are already, I don’t know…) I wish North America and Europe would place human rights and environmental conditions on Chinese imports.

  • redwhitedude

    The problem is China retaliates to anybody who tries that on them. It works because there is no coordination between EU, US, and everybody else. If everybody were to be on the same page against China, the chinese would not be able to play one off against the other.

  • wangkon936

    No, it’s Tae Kwon Do.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpMEb6oPLxo

    The girl in both videos is Olga Ivanova, gold medal winner in the Tae Kwon Do World Championships.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olga_Ivanova_(taekwondo)

  • Seoulgoodman

    It’s still just a fucking kick…and not one worthy of a world champion at that.

    And the first video is fake on top of that…

  • redwhitedude

    Ever been on a receiving end of one?

  • Seoulgoodman

    I started doing taekwondo in 1984. What do you think?

  • redwhitedude

    You should know better then.

  • wangkon936

    How do you know it’s fake?

  • Seoulgoodman

    It’s a basic kick, the same kick that you’ll find in different martial arts…and she pulled it. That wasn’t thrown at full strength. So, obviously, I know better than you.

  • Seoulgoodman

    Are you really that naive?

  • wangkon936

    Hey, it’s Russia.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD2Dhnu3tP0#t=58

    Crazy (but real) shit’s always going on there.

  • Seoulgoodman

    Nothing sophisticated about bad acting in front of a dashboard camera.

  • redwhitedude

    Doesn’t have to be at full strength though. It also depends on where she landed the kick.

  • wangkon936

    Lighten-up Seoulman. It’s Friday (or the weekend for you)!

  • TopHatandTails

    What is a GILF? http://klownisms.wordpress.com/

    I’ve often wondered.

    But now we know, it’s how (apparently well respected old ladies) ajumas are treated in Korea.

    Korea. Infallible nation of wonder and caring. Promised land of modern humanity.

    Korea. Sparkling.

    Klowns are amazingly quick to point out others’ faults. The alacrity
    with which a Klown will comment on a personal flaw is astounding. There
    is no sense of shame or decency involved. You have grey hair? “Hey! You
    have grey hair!” You’re fat? “Hey! You’re fat!”

    This is level of social skill exhibited by most preschoolers, still
    dumbfoundedly figuring out the ways of the world with a finger jammed
    two knuckles deep up one nostril and a bit of breakfast still smeared
    across the cheek. Aspergers-y,
    like much of Klown Kulture, though unlike Klowns, the preschooler grows
    out of that awkward, socially-inept stage around age 4 or 5 while the
    Klown remains at the same level of social development until death
    (generally via lung cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, traffic “accident”
    or the ever popular suicide).
    Klown Kulture is as delicate, intricate, nuanced and refined as a
    spastic rhinoceros playing Mozart on a baby grand piano… there’s a piano
    somewhere there, sure, but it’s all a pile of splinters, saliva and
    snapped wires. When your childhood is spent locked in a small room
    ticking off A, B, C or D for 15 hours a day solely to serve a
    standardized testing system that was developed centuries ago, your young
    adulthood is spent getting blackout drunk and either serving in the
    military or whoring yourself for a purse and your adulthood is spent in a
    perpetual state of hangover and company servitude or spousal loathing
    and shallow materialism… well that doesn’t really encourage personal
    development and self-actualization in the form of hobbies, friendships
    based on anything other than “date of manufacture” or social growth. In
    fact, the Klown system is set up deliberately to discourage such
    personal development as instances of just that upset the Human Centipede.
    So while human nature is to be critical and Klowns cannot be
    self-critical for fear of growth and development, the outlet must be to
    find fault with others.

  • Seoulgoodman

    Oh, now you’re just making excuses.

  • Seoulgoodman

    My weekends do start on Fridays, one of the few perks of being a university professor (lectures only 4 days a week). And, lighten up? It’s fake, that’s all. Why are you taking it so seriously? Are you really that desperate to think that taekwondo makes people unbeatable? Some kind of national pride? Well, let me tell you what happened to my first taekwondo instructor. He was the national champion. Tough as nails…but not as tough as the man who shot him because he was screwing his wife.

  • redwhitedude

    Nope. You really can’t tell from this video where exactly she landed the kick. You made a point about full strength. Hard to tell whether it was full strength by just looking at the video but I am assuming it is a hard kick.

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